I have been a high school science teacher for 7 years. I have taught high school Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science,and Physics.
Observers would describe my classroom as a mad scientist lair, full of creative chaos and projects in process everywhere there is a space available. My mission is to: *Mentor self directed inquiry, *Empower students to take charge of their education, and to follow their interests; *Provide engineering experiences, hands on learning, and critical thinking. I have one other unique experience to offer: I've spent my entire teaching career in small underfunded schools - making do! You'll find that my experiments and lessons mostly take advantage of everyday materials. Call me the MacGyver sidekick!
Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School teacher of the year award.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma and a Masters Degree in Education from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
I grew up in the rural Ozark Mountains in the southern midwest on a small family farm. My dad was a mathematician for McDonald Douglas Aircraft Corporation. He was a genius with math and inspired curiosity and inquiry in my early life. He fostered the belief in me that lifelong learning was ultimately the determinate in living an enriched and meaningful life, not just getting through school in order to get a job. Today I teach with that in mind, doing my best to make learning meaningful, including beyond school.